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4hMark Schlabach

Schlabach: A farewell to offseason, hello to our final picks

A list-a-palooza of the best of college football's long layoff, along with predictions for each FBS conference and what to watch across the country.

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Bob Ryan: Patriots will be scrutinized more than ever (0:54)
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Berry: My bold fantasy football predictions

John Brown will catch at least 10 TDs this season. Yes, you heard me ... 10 TDs! With this and other predictions, Matthew Berry goes way out on a limb with a bold statement for each NFL team.

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Ridiculous behind-the-back conversion (0:28)
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1mPhil Sheridan

Source: Cards acquire QB Barkley from Eagles

The Eagles traded QB Matt Barkley to the Cardinals Friday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter, clearing the way for Tim Tebow to potentially be the Eagles' No. 3 quarterback.

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1mAdam Rubin

Sources: Mets stick to Harvey plan, spurn agent

The Mets intend to proceed with an innings plan for Matt Harvey that will allow him to pitch into the postseason, ignoring a stricter cap that agent Scott Boras advocated, team sources told ESPN.

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CourtCast: Follow US Open action live

US Open defending champion Marin Cilic won a fifth set battle at Flushing Meadows, while Venus Williams finally won a match in two sets. Novak Djokovic is on court with Andreas Seppi (live coverage on ESPN/WatchESPN).

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Tebow stages another late comeback (1:02)
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Who prevails this weekend in college football? (1:56)
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College heavyweights preparing to square off this weekend (2:43)
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Boykin, TCU outlast Minnesota (1:48)
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Jeremy Lin goes undercover (0:51)
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Venus thankful to reach second week (2:06)
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Seager shines in major league debut (1:03)
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Cold Hard Facts: What we learned about Michigan (1:03)
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Goal-line stand preserves win for Gamecocks (1:18)
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Ruling a major rebuke of Goodell's power (1:17)
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Kiper: Adoree' Jackson 'could be spectacular this season' (0:40)
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2hMike Wise

Sports and racial identity

Mike Wise writes that Serena Williams has embraced her blackness and found a spiritual home while Tiger Woods has been proudly biracial and found a perhaps unintended kind of isolation.

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Pettine: Manziel's recovery 'on schedule'
NFL 

The Browns QB has been throwing tennis and weighted balls as he recovers from a sore right elbow. He has been dealing with tendonitis and hasn't thrown a football since August 11. Coach Mike Pettine said Manziel could begin throwing again as early as Friday.

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NFL 

Captain Keane stays in top form for ireland
Soccer 

LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane continued his fine run of form against Gibraltar, notching a brace as the Republic of Ireland comfortably defeated Gibraltar.

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Andy Levitre trade benefits both teams
NFL 

NFL Insiders explain: The Falcons got a new starter, and the Titans got value for a player who might have been cut.

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Georgia State gets on the board with FG
College Football 

Georgia State's drive came up short, but it did manage to cut into Charlotte's lead and make it 13-3 with just a little time left before half.

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Jane McManus Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com 

Venus Williams, who defeated Belinda Bencic in the third round, is one step closer to a potential quarterfinal meeting with sister Serena. Asked if there is a difference between their recent matches and the earlier ones in her career. "I used to always win in the early days," Venus said.

Tennis 

Are NBA stars overplaying in the summer?
NBA 

In a league beset by overuse injuries, David Thorpe questions the wisdom and safety of NBA players playing in summer pro-am games: "It just seems to me that, No. 1: Guys play too many games anyway."

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Cubs take commanding lead in 5th
MLB 

With the bases loaded once again vs. the D-backs, new Cub Austin Jackson hit an RBI single through the infield and Chris Coghlan became the eighth Cub to draw a walk as he put the Cubs up 8-2 -- and then Anthony Rizzo's second career grand slam happened to make it 12-2. Follow live

MLB 

Jen Welter Reflects On Internship
NFL 

"I took every chance I could just to really get to know them for the men that they were," said the former Cardinals coaching intern.

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NFL 

Does Barkley trade mean Tebow time?
NFL 

ESPN's Adam Schefter says with Matt Barkley going to Arizona, it could mean Tim Tebow will make the roster: "If the Eagles are going to carry three quarterbacks, then Tim Tebow would stand to figure to make that roster in Philadelphia."

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Who says you can't surf in heels?

Who cares if it's because she lost a bet -- pro surfer Maud Le Car classes up the water and makes it look easy.

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FAMU band member sentenced in hazing death

Caleb Jackson, a former Florida A&M band member who had been waiting for an official ruling on his punishment, was sentenced to four years in prison. Jackson was sentenced Friday after being postponed twice in the past month. He pleaded no contest to manslaughter and hazing in 2013.

Diamondbacks cut into deficit

Phil Gosselin's double to left scored RF Ender Inciarte, who had earlier stolen second and third. The Diamondbacks now trail the Cubs 6-2 in the bottom of the fifth. Follow live

Behind-the-back to the drawing board

A botched extra point try didn't deter this high school kicker, as he employed a blind, twirling pass to a wide-open teammate for the two-point conversion. Just like they drew it up.

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OTD: LHP with no right hand tosses no-no
MLB 

On Sept. 4, 1993, Yankees LHP Jim Abbott -- who was born without his right hand and played 10 seasons in the majors -- struck out three in a no-hitter vs. the Indians.

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MLB 

From The Mag: Eric LeGrand still believes
College Football 

Five years after a hit left him paralyzed, the former Rutgers standout says his lifelong love of football still sustains him: "Football made me who I am. I don't miss practice, I'll tell you that. But playing the game of football -- oh, I'd do anything to go back to it." His daily grind

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College Football 

Novak Djokovic wins first set

Despite being broken for the first time during this US Open (in 24 service games), the No. 1 seed recovered against Andreas Seppi and took the first set 6-3. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Barkley traded to Cardinals for draft pick
NFL 

The Cardinals received QB Matt Barkley from the Eagles for a conditional 7th-round pick, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Fox Sports. If Philadelphia chooses to carry three QBs, there's a chance Tim Tebow will remain on the roster.

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NFL 

Addison Russell has two HRs -- so far
MLB 

It's the Cubs SS's first career multi-HR game. He now has 2 career HRs vs. Arizona's Zack Godley, his most against any pitcher. The Cubs lead 6-1 in the fourth. Follow live

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